The Pillars of Zen Lab's Foundation
About Zen Lab
Zen Lab was built for those who may not have access to a physical yoga studio, or simply choose to practice at home. This is a space for you to feel safe, and free of judgement with your yoga practice, whether you are a beginner or have years of experience under your belt. With a multi-style approach, you will find classes including vinyasa, hatha, power, slow flow, restore, and yin. Classes are all unique, sometimes with relevant themes to reflect upon, or no theme to let you set your own intention for the class. Music is also important to me which is why it is a big part of my teaching and practice. That's why I offer you a special curated playlist for each class offered. Follow me on Spotify.
Kristen received her 200 YTT in September of 2020 with YogaRenew and is also registered with Yoga Alliance. She has completed nearly 150 hours of additional training in yin yoga, mindfulness, children's yoga, and teaching refresher courses.
This online space was created to inspire you in your unique journey wherever you are in life. Explore your inner world; mental, emotional, and physical, and challenge what you think you know to be true both inside your mind and also your body. Empower yourself to be the one person who can provide yourself with the love and care you deserve. The only constant in life is change, so the more flexible our mind becomes, the more resilient we are when those moments inevitably arise.
Stepping into your power is to have the courage to make the hard decisions, even when it may not be popular. It is to be honest and communicate that honesty with grace and heart. To let people know you care and that you are paying attention. To be vulnerable and let people see you and, most importantly, to offer yourself the same love and compassion you offer others.
I'm Kristen; founder, creator, student, and teacher. I was born and raised in Midland, MI, and attended Michigan State University for my undergrad (Go Green!). After graduating in 2012, I moved to Indianapolis for work. I worked as a sales executive for multiple corporate companies for 8 years, and attained my Master’s degree in business at the University of Indianapolis in 2019, all while competing in club and semi-pro ultimate frisbee. Yoga has been a consistent and present force in the background of my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being since I was 14 years old.
In July of 2020 after nearly a decade of working in the corporate world, I took a step back (or better yet, a step inward) to reevaluate and challenge what I held to be true about myself and the world around me. This involved finding and setting intentions around my values and adjusting my way of life to be more in line with my inner world and spiritual path. This led me to where I am now, a small business owner, yoga teacher, and dedicated studio manager. Although this major shift has allowed me to live more authentically, I like to live my life with humor, and find the joy in the small moments. I have a dog, Baloo, and a cat, Rajah, and a partner who fill my life with constant sarcasm, puns, and great conversation.
My journey here as student is never-ending. It is a constant process of learning and unlearning. My only hope is to be able to share the journey with you. I overflow with gratitude everyday that I get to do this for a living.